Manatee County Government Administrative Center Commission Chambers, First Floor 9:00 a.m. - June 17, 2014
REVISED June 17, 2014 - Regular Meeting
Agenda Item #57

Annual Transportation Disadvantage Trip & Equipment Grant Agreement


Contact and/or Presenter Information

William P. Steele, Transit Manager, Ext 7440

Chad Butzow, P.E., Deputy Director of Field Operations Services, Ext 7432

Action Requested
Adoption of Resolution R-14-085 authorizing the Chairman to execute the Trip and Equipment Grant Application Agreement with the Florida Commission for the Transportation Disadvantaged for the period July 1, 2014, through June 30, 2015, in the amount of $652,920.00, and approval of the updated rate model and corresponding trip reimbursement rates.

Enabling/Regulating Authority
Chapter 427, Florida Statutes, Rule 41-2, Florida Administrative Code, Comp Plan 6.0 Mass Transit Element

Background Discussion
  • The annual Trip and Equipment Grant makes available $587,445.00 in Disadvantage Funds for the provision of services for the Transportation Disadvantaged (TD) and also makes available $183.00 in Voluntary Dollar Contribution for a total of $587,628.00 provided through State Funding.
  • The Trip and Equipment Grant requires a 10% local match of $65,272.00 which will be funded through Para Transit fare box revenues.
  • Once executed, the Agreement provides for the availability of State Funds to help support the cost of providing passenger trips to non-sponsored TD eligible clients in accordance with Chapter 427, Florida Statutes, Rule 41-2, Florida Administrative Code, the most current Commission policies, and the Program Manual for the Trip and Equipment Grant for non-sponsored trips, as revised on April 2, 2014.
  • The Transportation Disadvantaged Rate Model for 2013-14 authorizes a per trip reimbursement of $21.02 for each Ambulatory Trip; $36.03 for each Wheelchair Trip; and $2.00 for each Escort/Companion Trip, with total cumulative reimbursement for the contract period not to exceed the State Contribution of $587,628.00
  • The 2013-2014 per trip reimbursement rates have been incorporated into the TD Trip and Equipment Grant Agreement as "Exhibit B, page 2."  The new 2014-2015 trip reimbursement rates are awaiting approval by the Florida Commission for the Transportation Disadvantaged; the Local Coordinating Board approved these rates on May 21, 2014.

County Attorney Review
Not Reviewed (Utilizes exact document or procedure approved within the last 18 months)

Explanation of Other

Reviewing Attorney

Instructions to Board Records
Please return two (2) original copies of the signed Resolution; two (2) original copies of the Transportation Disadvantaged Non-Sponsored Trip & Equipment Grant Information Form; and two (2) original copies of the Trips & Equipment Grant Agreement (page 21), to Edrick Sweeting (edrick.sweeting@mymanatee.org) to be forwarded to the Florida Commission for the Transportation Disadvantaged (CTD) for signature.  The Agreement date and contract number will be completed by the CTD during agreement execution.  A fully executed, signed Agreement will be forwarded to Board Records upon return.

Cost and Funds Source Account Number and Name
435-0012100 Para Transit Operating $65,272.00; Florida Commission for the Transportation Disadvantaged $587,628.00

Amount and Frequency of Recurring Costs

Attachment:  TE Grant CTD Letter Dtd May 27, 2014.pdf
Attachment:  TE Resolution R-14-085.pdf
Attachment:  TE Grant Information Form 2014-15.pdf
Attachment:  TE Rate Model Worksheet 2014-15.pdf
Attachment:  TE Grant JPA 2014-15.pdf